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As a Career Coach, I’ve seen people at all stages of a job search. Some have just started, others have been at it for over a year. And no matter what the circumstance or stage, I’ve seen defeatist attitudes settle in.

As I’ve said before, staying positive is essential. But it’s only natural that people get discouraged. When you’re managing a job search, you’re almost guaranteed to deal with some rejection. Not to mention the fact that often the reason people are conducting a job search in the first place is because they were laid off (that STARTS the process off negatively).

But the one thing you absolutely cannot do is give up on the job search all together. So many people I’ve worked with say they are still job searching, but their actions prove otherwise.

So why? What excuses are they tricking themselves into believing?

Enter this US News piece titled “The 5 Feeblest Excuses For Failing To Job Search.” The article simply breaks it down to the following five excuses that I’ve seen first hand multiple times:

  1. “I don’t have time.”
  2. “I can’t do this on my own.” (the article points out what I tell people – you don’t have to do it on your own!)
  3. “Job searching is boring.”
  4. “I don’t believe in second chances.”
  5. “I lack self-control.”

Do any of those excuses look familiar to you? Even if you haven’t said it before, can you see how someone would start thinking down that path? You have to be aware that the temptation to make these excuses will be there. You have to maintain the power of positivity to keep yourself going.

And if you’ve never been on a job search, don’t assume you won’t. You never know what might happen – but you SHOULD know what to look out for if it does happen!